Articles From : bjgreen

  • Way Back When: The Writer in the Store on State Street

    Most people in Santa Barbara knew him as the part owner of a jewelry store at 1009 State Street, but Roy P. Churchill was also a writer in 1919.

  • Cecil B. DeMille on Santa Cruz Island

    100 years ago Cecil B. DeMille was making the movie "Male and Female" on Santa Cruz Island.

  • Way Back When: Plaza Del Mar Bandshell Turns 100 Years Old

    The old-timey bandshell on the south end of present-day Pershing Park near the intersection of Castillo St. and Cabrillo Blvd. is 100 years old!

  • Way Back When: Celebrating the Presidio

    100 years ago, folks were remembering that April 21 marks the founding of Santa Barbara’s Presidio back in 1782.

  • Way Back When: Flowers for William

    100 years ago, the Santa Barbara Central Library gathered flowers for the Shakespeare Celebration to honor the Bard on the anniversary of his birth.

  • Way Back When: A Heartfelt Welcome Home Reception

    In April 1919, several celebrations were held in Santa Barbara to welcome and honor the soldiers returning from the war in Europe. 

  • Way Back When: Make Your Own Music

    100 years ago, folks didn’t have radios in their homes yet, but you could make your own music with a mechanical piano.

  • Way Back When: Electrifying News on the Homefront

    100 years ago, advertisements in the Santa Barbara newspaper introduced a new invention, electrical outlets in the wall.

  • Way Back When: "The Geisha" at Potter Theatre

    In 1919, "The Geisha" opera performed at the Potter Theatre in Santa Barbara, which was the first played by a Japanese woman instead of a white woman.

  • Way Back When: Visiting Montecito's “Riso Rivo” Estate

    Santa Barbara’s Nature Study Club was fortunate enough to be allowed to wander around one of Montecito’s grandest estates in March 1919.

  • Noticing the Little Ordinary Things

    In March 1919, after the Great War was over people in Santa Barbara had time to notice the little things, and it filled the daily newspaper.

  • Way Back When: Flying A Releases “Where the West Begins”

    In March 1919, Santa Barbara’s “Flying A” studio released their latest production called “Where the West Begins” starring the company’s hottest hunk Bill Russell. 

  • Way Back When: Santa Barbara's Former Courthouse

    100 years ago, Santa Barbara started to outgrow the small size of our former courthouse located where the Sunken Garden is today.

  • Way Back When: Underage Taxi Drivers

    100 years ago in Santa Barbara, taxi drivers could be as young as 16-years-old.

  • Way Back When: Big News at the Potter Hotel

    Way back when, in February 1919, the big news hit the paper – “Sale of Potter Hotel Now Announced.” 

  • Way Back When: Wild Weather on Santa Cruz Island

    In February 1919, a group of Hollywood actors was sailing to a filming location on Santa Cruz Island when a winter storm hit.

  • How Are Pets Coping with the Storm?

    How are everyone else's pets coping with the storm? My cat is freaked out.

  • Way Back When: Countdown to Prohibition Begins

    After WWI, the campaign to Prohibition began as temperance ads began to run in local newspapers.

  • Way Back When: Veronica Springs Road History

    Veronica Springs Road gets its name from a spring in the area that was said to be healthful and medicinal

  • Another Devastating Flood in 1857

    On January 9, 1857, another devastating flood struck the Santa Barbara area.

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